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Whether you want to use a handy plugin or start from scratch, this tutorial will help you create some sick muzzle flashes.

If your project requires some firepower, whether it’s a one-on-one shootout or a chaotic firefight, you’re going to need to make it look as believable as possible, and one way to do that is by adding some realistic muzzle flashes.

In this tutorial, the team over at Film Riot shares a couple of approaches you can take to create them in Adobe After Effects, either with a highly customizable 3D muzzle flash plugin or completely from scratch without the need of third party assets. Check it out below:

Creating your own muzzle flash isn’t incredibly complicated for most semi-experienced After Effects users, but it does take quite a bit of time if you’re not familiar with the process, especially considering the fact that you’re not just making muzzle flashes but smoke and light burst effects as well.

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Source: No Film School